Paul Giamatti and Thomas Hayden church are joined by Victoria Madsen and Sandra Oh to play these very real characters whose personalities seem to be portrayed by their views on wine. Miles is methodical and appreciates the underdog. Jack is a man-child who is ready for anything. Maya is accepting and inquisitive. Stephanie is hopeful and upbeat. Hmmm...I wonder then if my views on wine define me, as well?
You will find humor, friendship, love, sex, wine, food...basically the things that make up life...in abundance throughout the film. It makes me want to head out to wine country with a full picnic basket and a wine key.
Dreaming Tree Chardonnay ("big fruit and loads of spice") from California's central coast and a wine glass would be tucked alongside with a fun napkin. And a book. That's pretty much bliss.
I had to tell you an interesting little story, as well. You know how everything in life seems to go full circle? Well. I hadn't watched Sideways since it was first released in 2004. So basically, I'd forgotten most of the dialogue and nuances. Go back to ...oh, say... 1995 or so. Dave Matthews has been my favorite guy for years and years. Back then I was in college. I found a great little interview with him in some magazine. I don't remember exactly which one. Spin? Rolling Stone? Something along those lines. Anyway, he mentioned a couple of books that he enjoyed in the article. So like any devotee worth their weight, I promptly went out and bought those books so that I, too, could read them. One of them became a favorite of mine. A book that I continued to dust off every couple of years or so and re-read. That book was A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.
Miles: Well, the world doesn't give a shit what I have to say. I'm not necessary. Had. I'm so insignificant I can't even kill myself.
Jack: Miles, what the hell is that supposed to mean?
Miles: Come on, man. You know. Hemingway, Sexton, Plath, Woolf. You can't kill yourself before you're even published.
Jack: What about the guy who wrote Confederacy of Dunces? He killed himself before he was published. Look how famous he is.
So. I had already bought a bottle of wine in anticipation of watching the film again. It wasn't a Pinot Noir (though I do love Pinot), but it was a fantastic bottle of Chardonnay made by my aforementioned favorite guy, Mr. Dave Matthews (along with Steve Reeder) in his California winery. Dave. The one who prompted me to read A Confederacy of Dunces. Which was mentioned in the film Sideways. Which I watched while drinking wine made by Dave Matthews. I consider that full circle. Life is funny that way.
Prosciutto, Arugula, and Parmesan Sandwich
Soft little ciabatta rolls filled with airy holes sandwiched around salty, seductive prosciutto and thin, pungent slices of parmesan all topped off with some peppery baby arugula and the earthy, muskiness of truffle oil.
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Keywords: sandwich prosciutto parmesan arugula truffle oil July 4th
Ingredients (serves 2)
- 2 Ciabattini/Ciabatta Rolls
- ~2 oz. Prosciutto, thinly sliced
- ~1 oz. Parmesan, thinly sliced
- 2 small handfuls baby arugula
- truffle oil, to taste
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Slice the fresh ciabattini (ciabatta rolls) in half. Divide the prosciutto between the two bottoms of the rolls. Do the same with the Parmesan. Divide the baby arugula between the two buns and drizzle with a little truffle oil. Grind some black pepper over the top. Set the top half of the roll on top of everything.
Food 'n Flix is being hosted by my pal Tina of Life in the Slow Lane at Squirrel Head Manor with the chosen flick Sideways. And might I mention that I'm actually posting early in the month for once...you still have plenty of time to join in the fun, if you like. Please head over to check out Tina's announcement post for more details - we'd love to see what Sideways inspires you to cook/make/bake in the kitchen!